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Proper soil mix for tropicals?

Posted by rcgeek1 none (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 16, 12 at 20:26

I found a soil recipe online for tropicals that says these following ingredients;

"First, mix together:
2 parts composted bark
2 parts pure pine bark
1 part rice hulls

Add a handful of charcoal pellets.

Then combine:
3 parts above mixture
1 part peat moss
1 part perlite
1 part calcined clay"

I need this to fill 6x 12" pots, (About 3 1/2 gallons each), so basic algebra says that 18 parts plus charcoal equals 21 gallons of soil; so each part equals 1.166 gallons (6's repeating). So, in total i will need and mix;

28 quarts Composted Bark
28 quarts Pure Pine Bark
14 quarts Rice Hulls
6 Handfuls of Charcoal

Then combine;
4 2/3 quarts of Peat Moss
4 2/3 quarts of Peralite
4 2/3 quarts of Calcine Clay

Can anyone see any problems with my math, the recipe, my mixing, Pot Volume, anything?

Help is appreciated.

Thanks, RCGeek1

Math/Algebra Functions:

18x=21g, x=1.166 (6's repeating)
6x = 7 g = 28 qt
3x = 3.5 g = 14 qt
1x = 1.166 g = 4 2/3 qt
1 handful x 6 = 6 handfuls


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RE: Proper soil mix for tropicals?

Just use the 5-1-1 created by Tapla.

5 parts pinefines
1 part peat
1-2 perlite
1 tsp lime per gal of mix


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